Music is an integral part of setting the tone for a video game, so choosing the right composer is an important job. Whether it’s Austin Wintory’s chamber-music inspired Assassin’s Creed Syndicate soundtrack, Power Glove’s 80s-tinged work on the Blood Dragon games, or Christoph Héral and Billy Martin’s tracks for the Rayman series – it’s hard to imagine the games without them.
To get the right sound for Watch Dogs 2 the team called upon the skills of Glaswegian DJ and super-producer Hudson Mohawke.
Hudson has been producing music since his early teens and has become the go-to producer for the biggest names in music, including Kanye West, Drake, John Legend, Travis Scott, Future, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Pusha T, Tinashe, Frank Ocean and Björk.
The Watch Dogs 2 soundtrack draws on a sound that has become synonymous with Hudson Mohawke, harking back to his earlier work fusing electronics and hip-hop, while hinting toward his love of Japanese synth legend Isao Tomita, film maker and composer John Carpenter and the legendary soundtracks of Vangelis.
“Working on this soundtrack was a really exciting and refreshing prospect for me, especially considering the themes in the game are things I’m also passionate about,” said Hudson. “When Ubisoft approached me to work alongside them in developing the game’s sounds, I knew I wanted to use the palette of some cult sci-fi soundtracks while also incorporating my own style. It’s been a real learning experience, and even a challenge at some points, but very rewarding in terms of expressing myself creatively and allowing me to reach new audiences with my music without needing a ‘genre’ stamp.”
The Watch Dogs 2 official soundtrack is released worldwide on Warp Records, November 11th. Here’s the full track list:
- Shanghaied – 3:53
- Burning Desire (Hacker) – 1:22
- W4tched (Cinema) – 1:06
- Haum Sweet Haum – 4:00
- Cyber Driver – 3:21
- Amethyst – 3:38
- Play N Go – 3:51
- Eye For An Eye (Reprise) – 1:39
- Cyber Driver (Opera) – 2:13
- Citrus – 1:04
- Balance – 0:54
- Burning Desire – 3:04
- Eye For An Eye – 4:10
- Robot (Finale) – 3:01
- Watch Dogs Theme – 3:55
- The Motherload – 4:35
Watch Dogs 2 arrives on PS4 and Xbox One on November 15th, and PC on November 29th. We’ll have more on the game’s music in the coming weeks!